Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987

Critics score:
94 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Janet Maslin, New York Times: The film does have its scattered moments. But too often, the audience has as much reason as Del and Neal do to wonder where, if anywhere, they are going. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Pretty dispensable. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's a fine cinematic treat that doesn't demand much from a viewer, but gives back a lot, both in terms of laughter and good feeling. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movies that last, the ones we return to, don't always have lofty themes or Byzantine complexities. Sometimes they last because they are arrows straight to the heart. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: It is, of course, always a pleasure to watch Martin's steam-gauge face register his rising internal pressures and to witness his exquisitely expressed blowoffs. But Candy offers even more insinuating delights. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Essentially, it's the stars' keenly observed nuances of character that make this comedy amiable enough. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Man versus technology has been one of the staples of screen comedy since the earliest silent days, and Hughes makes the most of the format here packing as many of the frustrations of modern life as he can into this calamitous travelog of roadside America. Read more

Hal Hinson, Washington Post: A riotously springy holiday knockabout. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: The script and direction by Hughes ... amount to wobbly passes that Martin and Candy turn into touchdowns anyway. Read more